NET Gives Back!
NET Credit Union (Net) created a Philanthropy Team in November 2015 and has given back to the local community in creative ways ever since to Lackawanna County residents both near and far! The Philanthropy Team is 8 employees from different positions within the credit union: accounting, member services, tellers, interns, lending, managers, marketing, etc., with one common goal: Let’s Best Use Net Resources to Benefit Our Local Community!
The problem, previous, was one marketing intelligence collected all donation requests and gave to some – with no rhyme or reason. This one intelligent marketing person was not only bombarded with mailed requests but additionally, staff had their own requests of where donations should be given. At the end of the day, it was a confusing process and NET simply felt they weren’t impacting their local community as they hoped.
But by bringing a few employees together for 45 minutes once a month, everything changed, quickly. In December, NET gave more than just money; they had staff and member engagement as well!
The Philanthropy Team meets once a month and discusses all of the requests for donations that came to the credit union all month long – but there’s a twist; team members also bring forward ideas of how they think NET can positively impact the community. Now it’s not only about sending money somewhere, but thoughtfully offering more resources than just dollar bills. Not to be confused, we still had a similar amount of monetary donation per usual, but now we are tapping talents and ideas of our diversified team.
For the month of December 2016, NET Credit Union gave back to our local community, Lackawanna County in the following ways:
- HEAD START YOUNGSTERS WITH WINTER COATS, Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency, Monetary Donation
Each year, SLHDA raises funds to purchase 1,571 winter coats for pre-school children at Head Start. NET Credit Union purchased a ticket to help ensure the Head Start pre-school children will be warm this winter.
- DREAM BIG HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN, Greater Scranton YMCA, Monetary Donation
The YMCA isn’t only a place to swim or play basketball. The Greater Scranton YMCA works diligently to make sure each family has an equal opportunity to send their child to their educational and camp programs. Like the YMCA, NET believes in education. This year, NET donated to the Dream Big Holiday Campaign to help guarantee that every child in Lackawanna County can participate in the educational and camp programs.
- CAPITAL CAMPAIGN RENOVATIONS, Women’s Resource Center, Monetary Donation
The Carriage House, The Women’s Resource Center’s building, is in desperate need for repair. The donations that are received will go towards a new kitchen and living spaces for women and their children to utilize. NET Credit Union donated to make sure these individuals have a safe, warm, and inviting place they can call home.
- FINANCIAL BUILDING GOALS, The Gather Place Clarks Summit, Monetary Donation
The Gathering Place, Clark Summit’s former firehouse, is in the process of hosting programs, events, classes, etc. for residents of all ages to enjoy. This building will be known as the “community’s living room.” NET assisted the building’s financial goals to convert this property into a warm and welcoming environment for the community.
- POLAR PLUNGE, NEPA Colon Cancer in Honor of Shannon, Monetary Donation
For the last three years, Polar Plunge of NEPA for Colon Cancer in honor of a young woman, Shannon, has helped 13 NEPA young individuals battling colon cancer. NET donated to help even more families through this journey.
- WINTER CLOTHES DONATION, Veterans, Monetary Donation
This year, the Veteran Housing in Scranton is looking for donations to help clothe the homeless veterans this winter. With the donations from NET employees and the philanthropy team, NET was able to purchase and donate numerous clothing and toiletry items to these deserving individuals.
- TREE SURPRISE, Donating Trees to Families, Monetary Donation
NET employees went to local tree farms and surprised customers, our neighbors, by purchasing their Christmas Trees. It was fun to see the shock and we made a video which we’ll be sharing Christmas morning on our Facebook page.
- Toys for Tots, Employees and Members Gave Boxes of Toys
We collected Toys for Tots in the lobby of both branches. Employees were encouraged to bring in gifts and were rewarded with an UGLY CHRISTMAS Sweater contest as a dress down day (which are always in demand).
We know NET’s Philanthropy Team will continue to create new ways to give back to its local community, because ultimately, You can bank on NET!
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Mileise P.S. Cooney
Net Credit Union